Dental bonding involves a tooth-colored resin-like substance which is directly applied to a chipped, broken, badly discolored or fractured tooth or teeth. Unlike porcelain veneers which have to be manufactured in dental laboratories and require dental molds, dental bonding can be administered right there and then. But in some cases, you might have to visit more than once for the process to be completed.
The bonding procedure is painless and requires no extra visits to the clinic. A good orthodontist will administer the bonding treatment on your first visit. The treatment is known as bonding due to the fact that all the materials are used to bond your teeth.
What is the use of a Bonding Treatment?
Bonding falls in the category of cosmetic dental treatments. It is an effective treatment and costs less than most procedures, for example dental veneers. The composite resin used in the bonding process is shaped to match your teeth and then polished to resemble the exact color of your teeth. Dental bonding procedure is popular amongst people who need to improve the aesthetics of their teeth. Bonding resin can be used to fix chipped teeth, change their color or shape, and to alter their size.
The composite resin is applied to your damaged tooth and then hardened using a special curling light. The resin bonds to the tooth permanently, ensuring it looks completely natural. It can also be used to fill gaps between your teeth and can also be used as filling for cavities primarily because the filling is more translucent than traditional silver fillings.
The Dental Procedure for Bonding
Our expert orthodontist will first apply phosphoric acid to your teeth gently. The acid does the main job, i.e. roughening the surface. This allows the material used for bonding to be etched permanently and firmly. The entire process is painless. The cement-like material is then applied to your teeth, sculpted into shape, polished to match the color of your teeth and then finished.
The Advantages of Dental Bonding:
Bonding is an easy and cost-effective method of improving the appearance of your teeth as compared to other procedures. Resin bonding is a non-invasive treatment that can be (depending on the case) completed on the initial appointment or may require an additional appointment. It depends on how many teeth you want to get bonded and the extent of the filling.
When compared to veneers and crowns, dental bonding requires little engraving on the surface of the tooth and enamel extraction, unless the teeth are sensitive or if the dentist sees that a cavity must be filled. The treatment does not require the use of any anesthetics.
Bonding is excellent for treating roots which are a source of discomfort when there is gum recession. Bonding is also a good treatment to fill the gaps in between teeth. It can also be used to replace amalgam fillings and can effectively hide the discoloration of teeth.
In terms of translucency and natural color, bonding is more aesthetically pleasing than silver fillings for your front or back teeth. The composite resin material used for the bonding process expands after being applied to your teeth, minimizing the risk of cracks in that tooth. Moreover, in order to apply the resin, the dentist only requires removing the decayed tooth to bond the resin successfully. Since silver filings cannot stick to your teeth the dentist must remove healthy parts of your teeth so that the amalgam stays in place.
Potential Risks of Bonding
There are only a few minor drawbacks of dental bonding which can be avoided if you maintain proper oral hygiene. The bonding resin used to stick to your teeth can lose its color over time, especially if you drink a lot of coffee, tea or wine, and/or are a regular smoker. The discoloration, of course, does not look good. You can avoid getting stains on your bonding if you keep away from such things for 24 to 48 hours after you get the bonding procedure done.
In terms of durability, bonding is weaker because of the materials used. The resin is not long–lasting when compared to the materials used in porcelain veneers and dental crowns. In case of an accident, you can easily chip the bonding. You can avoid damaging your bonding by exercising caution and maintenance. With proper oral care, your dental bonding could last 3 to 7 years.
When should you get a Bonding Treatment done?
The clinical indications of a composite resin bonding include;
- Chipped or damaged teeth
- Fractured teeth
- Severely discolored teeth
- Gaps between teeth
- Avoidance of silver fillings
Maintaining Your Bonding
Due to the fact that dental bonding is prone to getting chipped, damaged stained or discolored over time, you need to be extra careful. To keep your bonding neat and preserved you need to reduce the amount of tea, wine and coffee you consume. Also, if you smoke cigarettes, it is advised that you cut down the number of cigarettes per day.
Since your bonding can get chipped quite easily, you should avoid biting your nails, chewing ice, pencils or eating hard food like carrots, medium-grilled steak, etc. When you start to notice the formation of sharp edges on your teeth or if they feel weird when you bite, immediately call your orthodontist for consultation.
Dental bonding takes considerable skill and some artistic capabilities to precisely deliver the cosmetic results that you desire. That is why it is important that you refer to us for dental bonding in Mission Viejo, as we have the technology and a brilliant pair of dentists who can deliver what you desire.
If you feel the need to further discuss the merits and indications of a bonding treatment please do not hesitate to contact us. Our job is to make sure that your smile is perfect. We specialize in providing our patients with excellent clinical conditions and precise treatment plans you can choose from. So schedule an appointment with us any time.
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